Lee Seongkyeong, Choi Sora, Stephanie Lee, Kim Hansu by Kim Tae Kyun for Adidas Originals Spring 2014
The disturbing “jelly gummies” animated Scottish illustrator Sam Lyon.
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This is a lil meta bout how Rhaenyra’s arc reminded me of Cersei.
Queen you shall be, until there comes one another, to cast you down and take all that you hold dear. we know that this is Cersei’s prophecy, but let’s look at Rhaenyra.
From a young age, she is promised to be Queen, she is the heir. Until there comes another (Alicent), although it is her son that she puts on the throne, that rings a bell, does it not ? Cersei is meant to see her power slip away from her, which is what happens to Rhaenyra.
When they are young, Princess Rhaenyra is “the realm’s delight”, Cersei is “the light of the West”, they are said to be beautiful and proud.
Actually, Rhaenyra’s wiki says she is “quick to anger and never forgets a slight” which is exactly what one of the most infamous quotes about Cersei says "She never forgets a slight, real or imagined". Rhaenyra is fierce as fuck and goes into a “black fury” when she learns the throne has been taken from her. (I know someone else who is “like wildfire” and therefore prone to that kind of rage..)
Rhaenyra does not hesitate one second going to war against her half brother and his mother, because they stole the power that belongs to her. The power that was supposed to pass to her from her father. I think it’s important to point out that his death precipitates the Dance of the Dragons and therefore her downfall. It is Joffrey’s death that starts that in Cersei, but Tywin’s as well.
Okay but, now, let’s have a break and imagine. Cersei reading about the Dances of the Dragons, she reads about a proud and beautiful Princess who grew up believing she would be Queen, and got her throne stolen — and who besides, went to war (with dragons !) to get it back. Cersei would have totally identified with her, and as a matter of fact, I’m sure she DID. We’ll get why later.
The moment Rhaenyra gets the throne stolen from her is also the moment she loses her first child, which brings me to my second point.. The children.
Rhaenyra loses several of her children — ultimately she will lose all. And everytime she grows more vengeful and destructive, but also more paranoiac. There comes the time when she gets the throne back.
Ultimately, her reign is short. She keeps cutting herself on the throne, and she is VERY paranoiac and cruel at this point, reigns with a LOT of deaths and gets HATED by the people (“King Maegor with teats”) when she used to be loved. While the people’s hate is mostly directed at Joffrey rather than at Cersei I still think it’s fair to parallel it a bit, and do I need to point out the paranoia ?
We’re getting to the storming of the Dragonpit which allows me to talk about Joffrey. No, not Joffrey Baratheon, mind you, but Rhaenyra’s third son Joffrey Velaryon, also nicknamed “Joff”. (notice how Cersei is the only one who use that nickname for Joffrey btw ?) When she gets the throne she only has him and Aegon still alive if I remember well, she is therefore very, very overprotective and afraid for him. Joffrey is twelve year old and has his own dragon. Several times, he asks to fight to help his mother, and everytime he stays besides her so he can protect her. He does hit me as very very close to his mother and protective of her.
When King’s Landing is completely sacked by its own people and they start going through the Dragonpit to kill the dragons (and they will ultimately succeed), Joffrey asks to go so he can save his. Rhaenyra refuses, but he ends up disobeying. In an impulsive act, he saddles his mother’s dragon and leaves, but the dragon not being used to another rider shakes him out ; the boy falls and ends up dying somewhere in Flea Bottom….
I know what you’re going to say, few similarities to the Joffrey Baratheon we know right ? Well, yes, but… Cersei identifying with Rhaenyra read about this Joff and projected her ideas of her future child in him. A brave, protective Joffrey —- strong, fierce, impulsive, which are things she saw in someone else : Jaime. I’m so convinced she named her Joff after this kid — besides, naming her kid after a Targaryen is another big “fuck you” to Robert.
Moving on from this ; Rhaenyra finds herself more and more alone, betrayed, and she has to leave the throne and ride for Dragonstone. It is said that she is like a ghost after losing her children and her dragon. She panics and gets really upset everytime her younger son Aegon is not with her, which reminds me of Cersei and Tommen — and the way she grows terrified of the Tyrells stealing him away from her. Those are just seeds of this but she might grow to be even more like Rhaenyra later.
If Cersei has to run from King’s Landing, which I think she might have to (didn’t GRRM say we’ll get to see Casterly Rock soon ?), I think we can look at Rhaenyra’s end to get some clues about Cersei’s.
And when your tears have drowned you, the valonqar shall wrap his hands about your pale white throat and choke the life from you.
Valonqar. Little brother. Rhaenyra clings to her child like to an anchor (“your tears have drowned you” ?)…
In Dragonstone, her half brother Aegon is waiting for her. Half brother,but also younger brother. He kills her ; well, he gets his golden dragon Sunfyre to kill her.
Now, I do not actually think Cersei’s death will happen exactly like that (different circumstances..) BUT wow. Cersei’s prophecy really DOES fit both women, okay, probably not the part about bastards, but the Queen part (loosely) and the valonqar part !
So, let’s try to sum it up for the end of this post. We have two women, who were both “delights” as girls, but who were also fierce and angry, “never forgetting a slight”. Queens who had or will have their throne stolen. Both Queens losing their children and growing more and more cruel and paranoiac from it, this precipitating their downfalls — and their death at the hand of their valonqar.
And we have Cersei probably reading about Rhaenyra, and obviously identifying with her, especially with her prophecy in mind — and naming her first son after Rhaenyra’s child.
Pretty interesting, is it not ?
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Peter Joseph on structural violence, from this video.
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Ok but in french the sorting hat becomes le Choixpeau which is an excellent pun on choix (choice) and chapeau (hat) and I weep that this isn’t possible in English